Published On: Mon, Aug 16th, 2021
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Merkel Says Germany May Need to Rescue 10,000 People From Afghanistanon August 16, 2021 at 2:53 pm

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BERLIN—Germany must urgently evacuate up to 10,000 people from Afghanistan for whom its has responsibility, Chancellor Angela Merkel told party colleagues, warning that the fallout from the conflict will last for a very long time. The remarks, made at a closed-door meeting of her Christian Democrat party on Monday and relayed by meeting participants, reflect growing concern about bloodshed in Afghanistan after the Taliban terrorists seized the capital and proclaimed peace. “We are witnessing difficult times,” Merkel said. “Now we must focus on the rescue mission.” Merkel said those needing evacuation included 2,500 Afghan support staff as well as human rights activists, lawyers, and others whom the government sees as being at risk if they remained in the country, up to 10,000 altogether. She also said Berlin should cooperate with countries bordering Afghanistan to support those fleeing now, adding: “This topic will keep us busy for a very long time.” …

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